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Officials say 18 villagers shot dead at mosque in Nigeria

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — At least 18 worshippers were killed by gunmen who attacked a mosque in northern Nigeria during early morning prayers Monday, local authorities and police told The Associated Pres...

Nigeria launches digital currency 'to drive economic growth'

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria has launched a digital currency which the Central Bank of Nigeria says is a "major step forward in the evolution of money” in Africa’s most populous country. ...

575 inmates escape in latest Nigeria jailbreak

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen have attacked a prison in southwest Nigeria, freeing around 575 inmates, officials said Saturday. The third jailbreak in Africa’s most populous country ...

Nigerian official says new leader of IS-linked group killed

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces have killed the new leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing hundreds in Nigeria and neighboring West African countries, a se...

30 Nigerian students freed after 4 months in captivity

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Thirty Nigerian students abducted in the northwest by gunmen have been released, Kebbi state governor’s office announced Thursday, but dozens remain in captivity in the state. ...

Nigerian separatist leader pleads not guilty to terrorism

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A Nigerian separatist leader accused of instigating violence in country's southeast pleaded not guilty to terrorism and treason charges in court Thursday in the capital, Abuja. ...

Year after Nigeria's deadly protests, police still accused

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Joshua Samuel painfully recalls the day, one year ago, when Nigerian soldiers opened fire in Lagos while he and thousands of others were protesting police brutality. ...

Nigerian police fire tear gas at anniversary of protest

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian police officers fired tear gas at protesters in Lagos, the country's largest city, as they tried to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating against alleged police brut...

30 killed as gunmen attack rural area in Nigeria's northwest

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen have killed at least 30 people in northwest Nigeria in the latest round of violence in which hundreds have been killed so far this year and thousands more displaced. ...

In Nigeria’s troubled northwest, phone blockades hurt locals

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Mobile phones have been lifelines for residents of northwestern Nigeria who have relied on warning calls to escape escalating bandit attacks. But recent blockad...

Nigerian military says leader of IS-linked group is dead

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's military claimed Thursday that Abu Musab al-Barnawi, the leader of an Islamic State-linked extremist group blamed for killing hundreds in the northeast, had died. There...

Gunmen abduct 3 Catholic seminarians in Nigeria's northwest

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Gunmen seized three student priests from a Catholic seminary in Nigeria’s northwest Kaduna state, police and school authorities said Tuesday. The assailants sto...

15 Nigerian women, children escape from Boko Haram captivity

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Six women and nine children abducted by Nigeria's Boko Haram extremist rebels in the country’s troubled northeast have escaped after months in captivity, according to a Borno sta...

Nigerian forces free more than 180 hostages, say police

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — In one of the largest liberations of kidnap victims, at least 187 people including babies have been freed in the country's troubled north, police announced. Nig...

Africa welcomes new malaria vaccine as a 'game-changer'

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — African health officials are optimistic that the world’s first malaria vaccine endorsed by the World Health Organization will “dramatically change” the way the continent of 1.3 b...